Get to know Dr. Gerald Alexander

Dr. Gerald Alexanderis a specialized orthopedic surgeon for the spine, back, and neck. He has been practicing in Orange County since 1999.

He specializes in Spine & Neck, Pain Management, Hip, and Pediatric Orthopedics. He has been named “Top Doctor” in Orange County by the Orange Coast Magazine and Orange Coast Medical Association (OCMA).

The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery has board-certified him. He is also a Qualified Medical Examiner.

Dr. Gerald Alexander Education

Dr. Gerald Alexander was born in Edmonton, Canada. He shifted to the USA in 1984 to study further. I

n 1988, He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Pacific Union College. In 1993, he completed an MD degree at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

 Dr. Gerald Alexander

While there, he worked on his internship in General Surgery and a 5-year residency in Orthopedic Surgery as well. After he went to David Geffen School of Medicine, the University of California, and Los Angeles for fellowship training in spinal surgery, this happens to be among the best programs in the Western US.

He got the opportunity to train under two of the most renowned orthopedic spinal surgeons, Rick Delamater and Edward Dawson.

Achievements

Dr. Alexander has helped to develop and introduce the use of Outpatient Microsurgery, Artificial Disc Replacement, and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery alternatives to conventional spine surgery.

He has already done countless minimally invasive outpatient surgeries using these pioneer cutting-edge techniques, high powered endoscopes/ microscopes, and specialized instruments. These have provided several benefits such as fewer incisions, less muscle disruption, reduced blood loss, a decrease in post-operative pain, and fewer hospital stay days, which leads to a quicker recovery.

Memberships

Dr. Alexander has  membership in the following Associations:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • California Orthopaedic Association
  • Orange County Medical Association
  • Western Orthopaedic Association

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Alexander is affiliated to the following hospitals:

  • Hoag Orthopaedic Institute
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital
  • St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group
  • St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians

Conditions Treated

He has performed surgeries and treated the following conditions:

Spine & Neck

  • Acute Spinal Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cervical Fracture
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Coccydynia/Tailbone Pain
  • Compression Fracture from Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative Back and Neck Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Failed Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Muscle Strain
  • Myelopathy/Spinal Cord Injury
  • Neck Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis of the Spine/Spine Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis/Bone Infection
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paget’s Disease
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy/Pinched Nerve
  • Ruptured Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • SI Joint Pain/Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Slipped Disc
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Thoracic Conditions
  • Traumatic Spinal Injury
  • Whiplash

Pain Management

  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc, Facet and Nerve Root Pain
  • Facet Joint Arthritis
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Failed Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • SI Joint Dysfunction/Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis

Hips

  • Sciatica
  • SI Joint Pain/Sacroiliac Joint Pain

About Minimally Invasive Surgery

The purpose of performing Minimally Invasive Surgery is to make the least soft tissue and muscle dissection as possible using specialized instruments.

With the help of the most advanced technology available, we aim to reduce the risks associated with conventional surgery and provide greater benefit to the patient. But, this procedure might not be suitable for all, as some may require conventional open surgery.

Some of its benefits are higher success rates of surgery, less need for pain medications, and better quality of life. This is due to microscopic or very minute incisions, lesser scaring, better condition of muscles and bones, fewer chances of infection, and reduced blood loss.

This procedure can be of two types:

  • Mini-open – Making a small incision
  • Percutaneous –  Through the skin

Since the surgeon has to make precise cuts and use instruments made with highly advanced technology, this type of surgery calls for skill. Dr. Gerald Alexander has nearly 2 decades of experience in treating patients.

Dr. Alexander prefers to make sure patients are treated without surgery. But in case surgery is done, it’s usually outpatient, and the patient can get back home the same day.

Thus Dr. Alexander focuses on not only performing surgeries but also in overall patient care and develops a proactive line of treatment.